When Irish Eyes are Smiling…


We had a “golden” week here at school…the leprechaun came and made a mess of our room. Here is the message he left…


He was  a nice leprechaun and left us green-wrappered Andes mints and gold-wrappered mini-roll’s to say he was sorry (Several kids commented about what bad handwriting the leprechaun had!). The kids were wild with excitement and we all had a fun time.

Our themes this week were, of course, St. Patrick’s Day and also Weather. We began our unit talking about the 3 States of Water – steam, liquid & solid.

Then we performed an experiment to see how rain forms in clouds. Can you guess the ingredients from the picture?


No, not green beer, ha, ha (oops, am I allowed to say that on a teaching blog?). It was water, shaving cream and food dye. The dye (because it was heavier than the shaving cream) dripped down into the water and made those great swirls. Fill a glass 3/4 full with water. Finish the rest of the glass with shaving cream. Drop about 10-20 drops of food dye on top and wait for the dye to fall. It takes about 5-7 minutes so be patient.

It was by chance that I only had blue, green, & yellow dye available. It turned the perfect color for St. Patty’s Day!

Our first Math Center was a play on the game “Hi-Ho Cherry-O”. I call it “Hi-Ho Shamrock-O”. The kids spin the spinner to find out whether they get to add 1,2, 3 or 4 shamrocks to their card. They can also Lose 1 or 2, Lose all, or Spin Again.



Our second Math Center took another old game – “Tiddlywinks” – and incorporated our Money Unit plus tallying. The kids had to flip counters with each coin on their sheet – penny, nickel, dime & quarter – then tally how many they got in the shamrock.


I did not give them a set amount of counters to flip. I just let them do as many as they could in the time allotted.


We decoded St. Patrick’s Day sentences for our first Literacy Center. Here is a sample of the worksheet…


The kids worked independently at this center which gave my assistant, Mr. Dustin,  and I time to help others.


Finally, our second Literacy Center involved Golden Eggs.


I was so excited to find golden Easter Egg at my local Harris Teeter. I’ve never seen them before. I thought they would be perfect for a little Word Family exercise. Each egg had a different word family on one side (-en, -op, -ap, -it, -it, -ug). On the other side were consonants or blends that make real words. The kids had to rotate one side to create a new word. (I’m sorry that it’s so hard to see it from this picture – I didn’t realize golden eggs were so shiny and reflective!)

Maybe this picture will give you a better idea:


And here’s a picture of one in action:


Well, that’s it for our week! Hope you found something inspirational to “scaffold” off of (ha, I found a way to use one of those fancy teaching terms that we all learn in our first classes).